Scottish ice hockey: Edinburgh finally back to winning ways
Player-coach Richard Hartmann was delighted to see his Edinburgh Capitals side break their 14-game losing run - but insists the hard work is just beginning.
The Murrayfield men defeated former Elite League champions Nottingham Panthers 5-3 on Sunday to end a losing run that started just after the middle of September.
"I'm really happy with the effort of the players and everything seemed to click for us against Nottingham," said Hartmann.
"I'd seen improvement in a couple of games previously, even though we didn't get the results. I'm so pleased to finally get the win, but it's only one game and we still have plenty of work to do."
Hartmann's men began the weekend with defeat as they went down 4-1 at Fife Flyers on Saturday.
Bobby Chaumont and Kyle Haines had the Kirkcaldy side ahead, with Daniel Naslund pulling one back for the Caps.
Chris Auger and Jordan Fulton added further goals for Fife.
But the Caps came good on Sunday against the Panthers, with Greg Collins giving them the lead before Bruce Graham levelled.
Collins struck again but goals from David Clarke and Robert Lachowicz edged Nottingham 3-2 up.
Callum Boyd squared it before two from Rene Jarolin sealed a fine victory.
Meanwhile, Fife were hammered 6-1 at Sheffield Steelers on Sunday.
Flyers hit the front through Fulton but two goals each from Tyler Mosienko and Mike Forney, plus further strikes from Matthieu Roy and Colton Fretter, completed a comfortable win for the Yorkshire outfit.
Braehead Clan are back at the top of the Elite League following two wins over Coventry Blaze.
The Glasgow outfit won 4-2 on home ice on Saturday, with Neil Trimm and Scott Pitt making it 2-1 after Rory Rawlyk had edged Coventry ahead. Rawlyk levelled but Stefan Meyer's late double won it for the Clan.
It was 4-3 in Sunday's match at the Skydome. Ben Arnt opened the scoring for the hosts but Ryan Kavanagh squared it before Ryan O'Marra restored Blaze's lead.
Leigh Salters clawed Clan level before Kyle Bochek netted for Coventry, with goals from Kavanagh and Pitt earning victory for the visitors.
Elsewhere, Dundee Stars started the weekend brightly with a 6-4 win at Hull Stingrays, only for the Humberside outfit to exact revenge on Tayside 24 hours later.
Martin Cingel gave Dundee the lead in Hull but Matt Davies equalised before John Mitchell made it 2-1 to the Stars.
Cory Tanaka cancelled that one out and Davies edged the Stingrays into the lead. Chris Blight pulled one back, only for Tanaka to restore Hull's lead, but two from John Mitchell, either side of a Ryan Grimshaw finish, sealed a great win for the Scots.
However, they could not repeat the feat at home 24 hours later, going down 4-3.
Matt Ryan opened the scoring, but Tanaka and Carl Lauzon put the visitors ahead early in the third period.
Davies added another before Sam McCluskey pulled one back for Dundee, only for Tanaka to increase Hull's lead to 4-2, with Igor Gongalsky grabbing a late consolation.
Braehead Clan 4-2 Coventry Blaze
Fife Flyers 4-1 Edinburgh Capitals
Hull Stingrays 4-6 Dundee Stars 6
Coventry Blaze 3-4 Braehead Clan
Dundee Stars 3-4 Hull Stingrays
Edinburgh Capitals 5-3 Nottingham Panthers
Sheffield Steelers 6-1 Fife Flyers